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  • 08/09/18--16:00: Indongo turns promoter
  • Indongo turns promoterIndongo turns promoterFormer world champ to open boxing stable Julius Indongo wants to challenge the country's existing boxing promoters, in terms of investing in young talent. Former world champion Julius 'Blue Machine' Indongo has set his sights on becoming a boxing promoter.

    The fighter said he will be opening a boxing stable to give back to the community and develop upcoming boxers.

    “I have plans to open a boxing promotion stable, in order to help boxer's secure top fights around the world. I do believe that this is something that can contribute towards the development of sport in the country,” Indongo said.

    The 35-year-old became a world sensation when he knocked out Russian boxer Eduard Troyanovsky in 40 seconds to win the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and International Boxing Organisation (IBO) super lightweight world titles in 2016.

    Indongo then put his two titles on the line against World Boxing Association (WBA) super lightweight champion, Ricky Burns, from Scotland.

    He outclassed Burns in Scotland to become the first Namibian to hold three world titles at the same time in April 2017.

    Indongo and his promoters then went on the hunt for the World Boxing Federation (WBF) and World Boxing Organisation (WBO) titles, held by American Terrence Crawford.

    Crawford and Indongo's camp agreed to a mega unification fight, which saw both boxers putting their titles on the line.

    On 19 August 2017, the two met in Las Vegas in the United States and delivered the clash the world was waiting for.

    It took only a few minutes for Crawford to snatch away the titles from the Namibian, as he knocked out Indongo, who is seemingly yet to recover from the beating he took from the American.

    Upon his return to Namibia, Indongo decided to ditch his long-time boxing promoter Nestor 'Sunshine' Tobias to join and American boxing promoter.

    Indongo's career in America was, however, short-lived. He went down to rising American star, Regis Prograis, on 9 March in a World Boxing Council (WBC) super lightweight bout. Indongo was, however selected as Namibia's sportsman and top achiever of the year at the 2017 MTC/NSC Sports Awards.

    “My advice to fellow athletes is for them to remain humble and focus on improving their careers at all times.

    “You must always remember where you come from and to give back to the community and that is my plan,” Indongo said.

    If he succeeds in establishing a boxing promotion company, he will rival his former promoter, as well as Harry Simon, Kiriata Kamanya and many others operating stables in the country.

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    Ekuija-Monjama tourney set for SeptemberEkuija-Monjama tourney set for September The Ekuija-Monjama sport club will host a football and netball tournament in Walvis Bay on 1 and 2 September.

    Established in 2010, the coastal sport club aims to support the development of sport in the Erongo Region.

    Club chairperson Ebson Mbautaene said N$32 000 in prize money will be up for grabs.

    “This is an open tournament and I'm urging teams from all over Namibia to register in advance to avoid a last-minute rush,” said Mbautaene.

    The netball category will receive N$6 000 and football N$24 000.

    The netball winner will take home N$3 000, the runners-up N$1 500 and each semifinal loser N$750.

    In football, the winning team will pocket N$12 000, the runners-up will get N$6 000 and the semifinal losers N$3 000 each.

    There will also be special awards for player of the tournament, top goal scorer and the most disciplined players in football and netball.

    Mbautaene said a maximum of four premier league players will be allowed per team.

    The registration fee for the tournament is N$1 800 and teams have until 24 August to pay.

    The draw for the competition will take place on 25 August at the Kuisebmond Stadium.

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    Team Theron retain Vasbyt titleTeam Theron retain Vasbyt title Nico Theron Jnr and Herman Theron Jnr have emerged as the overall winners of the gruelling 10-stage Walvis Bay 4x4 Vasbyt event at Dune 7 on Saturday.

    The driver and navigator duo also won the event last year.

    Herman and Nico set the pace and clinched the C-class competition in their 90 Series Land Rover, equipped with front and back diff locks.

    They collected maximum points (60) in eight of the ten obstacles and scored a total of 580 points.

    Rico Bothma and Dolf Bothma finished second overall with 560 points in a Range Rover equipped with a 4.3 litre V8 engine.

    Jaco Oberholzer and Armand Storbeck clinched the B-class competition in a pipe car equipped with a Land Cruiser chassis and V8 Lexus engine.

    They shared the overall third spot with Hanjo and Kristie Horn in Black Betty, a heavily modified Willys Jeep equipped with a Lexus engine. Both teams collected 530 points.

    Father and son team, Floris Steenkamp junior and senior, collected 200 points and won the A-class in their standard Willys Jeep.

    There is still another two Vasbyt events remaining on the calendar. One will take place on 6 October in Windhoek. The final event is scheduled for 29 December at Dune 7 in Walvis Bay.


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  • 08/09/18--16:00: Desert Jewels eye World Cup
  • Desert Jewels eye World CupDesert Jewels eye World CupDetermined to end in top three at qualifier The Desert Jewels travelled to Zambia on Wednesday to compete in a World Cup qualification tournament. Netball Namibia (NN) senior national team coach, Manuel 'Mansie' Tjivera, is hopeful that his 'Desert Jewels' will end among the top three at a World Cup qualifier in Zambia.

    The Desert Jewels travelled to Zambia on Wednesday to compete at the African Women's Netball Championship qualifying tournament, which also acts as a World Cup qualifier.

    The six-day championship will be hosted by the Netball Association of Zambia in Lusaka from 13 to 18 August, with eight countries - hosts Zambia, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Uganda, Kenya, Malawi and Zimbabwe - battling it out for ranking points as well as a place at the World Cup.

    Speaking to Nampa after the team's capping ceremony hosted at a local hotel by NN on Tuesday night, Tjivera said the technical team's goal at the competition is to qualify for their first World Cup.

    “If we win the tournament in Zambia that will mean we qualify for the World Cup that will be held in Liverpool, England in July 2019, but the competition is not going to be easy. That is why finishing in the top three will also improve our ranking,” he said.

    Tjivera added that two teams from the competition will qualify for the continental championship.

    “We have eight countries competing at this African Women Netball Championship, but Malawi has already qualified for the World Cup alongside South Africa, so they are only competing at the event to keep the team active.

    “Two African countries will join them, that is why it's important that we finish in the top three and hope Malawi is one of those three,” Tjivera said.

    Namibia's senior team made its return to the International Netball Federation (INF) world rankings after competing in the Africa Senior National Netball Championship in Kampala, Uganda in June 2017.

    They are now ranked 28th out of the 35 countries.

    The squad is as follows: Cherlyn Muesee, Melissa Neis, Imbileni Shuweninawa and Diana Tjejamba (defenders); Uehengisa Tjozongoro, Vijandamuje Kamberipa, Uzuvira Uatjiua and Selma Bittler (midfielders); and Anna Kaspar, Catheline Tjihero, Vendjihonga Katjaimo, Dorkas Tjipetekera and Zauana Jaumbauije (shooters).

    Tjivera is the head coach, while Antoinette Wentworth is the assistant coach and Elsie du Plessis the team manager.


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    Aalongi yomahangu kaye na ongeshefaAalongi yomahangu kaye na ongeshefaKaye na we mpoka taya landitha omahangu gawo Ehangano lyoAgro Marketing and Trading Agency, ndyoka olyo owala li li omulandi gwomahangu okuza kaanamapya moshilongo, inali mona iimaliwa yokulanda omahangu okuza kuuministeli wuunamapya nuumvo. Okutameka omwedhi Juni, aanamapya oyendji oya mbombolokele koombelewa dhoAgro Marketing and Trading Agency (AMTA) opo ya vule okulanditha po omahangu gawo ihe oya shunithwa ko nokulombwelwa kutya AMTA ita landa omahangu nuumvo.

    Onzo yimwe moAMTA oya lombwele oNamibian Sun kutya ohaya landa omahangu shito pehala lyuuministeli, ihe nuumvo uuministeli mboka inawu gandja iimaliwa yokulanda omahangu.

    Aanafaalama oya tameke okwiishangitha opo ya landithe omahangu gawo koAMTA nuumvo muMei.

    Shito AMTA oha gandja oshimaliwa shooN$5 400 motona yomahangu nenge ooN$5.40 mokilograma yimwe.

    Aanafaalama mboka ya kala okulanditha omahangu gawo koAMTA uule woomvula hetatu dha piti inaya nyanyukwa taya popi kutya oya longa nuudhiginini opo yamone eteyo tali shambula yo ya vule okulanditha po omahangu gawo gamwe.

    Omunambelewa gwoAMTA, Meke Namindo okwa koleke kutya oya li ya tegelela omwaalu guli pombanda gwomahangu nepungu nuumvo sha landula e yo pombanda lyaalandithi oshowo eteyo ewanawa.

    Okwa tindi okugandja uuyelel ewa gwedhwa po na okwa ukitha omapulo kuuministei wuunamapya.

    Uumiinisteli inawu yamukula komapulo ngoka wa ningilwa.

    “Omvula ya piti onda landitha ootona 300 dhiilya koAMTA naashoka osha tsu ndje omukumo opo ndi longe nuudhiginii. Nuumvo onda mbalipaleke omwaalu ngoka na onde ya tseyithile muMei kutya ondi na omahangu taga landithwa,” Setson Absalom a popi.

    “Onda uvu nayi konima yeteyo shoAMTA a tseyithilendje kutya itaya landa omahangu nuummvo. Onda uvu nayi noonkondo molwaashoka elanditho ndyoka olyo owala lya li einekelo lyandje.”

    AMTA oku na oompungulilo dhomahangu nepungu moTsandi, Okongo, Omuthiya, Rundu oshowo Katima Mulilo hoka aanafaalama haya kalanditha iilongomwa yawo.

    Momvula yo 2010, AMTA okwa landa ootona 240 dhomahangu, momvula yo 2011 ootona 742, momvula yo 2012 ootona 504, momvula yo 2013 ootona 175, mo 2014 ootona 486, mo 2015 ootona 61 omanga omvula ya piti ya landa ootona 1 500.

    Omvula ya piti menindjela gwiilonga moompungulilo dhoondya dhaAMTA, Wilhelmina Handunge, okwa lombwele oNamibian Sun kutya konima nkene ya tameke okulanda omahangu mo 2010 omvula ya piti opo owala yalanda omwaalu omunene gwootona dhomahangu, sho ya landa ootona dhi li 1 500 okuza kaanamapya yomoshitopolwa sha Zambezi, Kavango East and West, Ohangwena, Oshikoto, Oshana oshowo Omusati.

    Okwa popi kutya aanamapya oya yambulapo ongushu yomahangu gawo, ndjoka yi li iipumbiwa kehangano lyoAMTA ngele tashi ya kokulanda omahangu. Kansela gwoshikandjohogololo shaKongo, Fanuel Ndadi, okwa popi kutya aanamapya yamwe otaya yi kombelewa ye taya pula kutya AMTA ota tameke okulanda omahangu uunake. Ndadi okwa popi kutya ke shi shoka tashi kateke AMTA.

    “Ngele AMTA okwa ndopa okuland0 aomahangu nuumvo, nena omahangu ogendji otaga ka hepa. Ondi shi shi kutya ihaya landa po omahangu agehe ihe uuna ya landa otashi kwathele molwaashoka ngoka ogo owala omalandithilo gaanamapya.”

    Pauyelele mboka wa gandjwa koNamibia Agronomic Board, omahangu, ogeli oondya dhaakwashigwana oyendji moshilongo, ya kalela po oopresenda 50 dhomwaalu gwaakwashigwana moshilongo. Omahangu ohaga longwa miitopolwa yoonooli nopokati koshilongo oshowo moKavango.

    Aanafaalama oyendji monooli yaNamibia oyamwe po yomaAfrika mboka ya totopo omukalo gwokupungula omahangu gawo miipungulwa ya tungwa po miiti, na otayi vulu okupungula omahangu uule woomvula ntano.

    Pamagwedhelepo goNAB, omahangu oga tulwa pamushangwa gwepangelo momasiku 15 gaMei mo 2008 nokukwashilipalkea kutya okutameka aluhe mesiku lyotango lyaJuli kehe omvula inaku pitikwa ekutho lyomahangu nenge eeto lyomahangu moshilongo sigo omahangu ngoka ga longwa moshilongo ga landithwa po.

    Oprogramma yoMahangu Development Plan for 2010 to 2013 oya tulwa miilonga opo yi vule okuyambidhidha oshikondo shelongo lyomahangu moNamibia.


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    NSFAF itaka shunithila we aailongi iimaliwaNSFAF itaka shunithila we aailongi iimaliwa Aailongi mboka taya pewa omakwatho gokwiilonga koshiketha shoNamibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) otaya ka kala nokufuta ko oshitopolwa shimwe shomailongo gawo konima yomvula yotango momailongo gawo, onga oompangela tadhi tulwa miilonga kepangelo mokukandula po uupyakadhi pokati kaailongi noshiketha shoNSFAF.

    Uuministeli welongo lyopombanda owa tokola okukutha po eshunithilo lyiimaliwa kaailongo mboka.

    Minista Itah Kandjii-Murangi, omanga ta popitha aailongi yomiiputudhilo yopombanda ya thika po 300 mboka ya ningi ehololomadhilaadhilo pombelewa dhuuministeli welongo lyopombanda mEtitatu, okwa popi kutya ngoka omukalo gwa nuninwa okukandula po uupyakadhi, ta popi kutya iimaliwa mbyoka tayi hupuko uuna NSFAF a futile aailongi mboka omailongo gawo, otayi ka longithwa mokufuta omailongo gaailongi yalwe, na itayi ka pewa we aailongi mboka ngaashi sha kala nokuningwa monakuziwa.

    “Itatu tsikile we nokufuta omailongo okuudha gaailongi mboka taya tsikile, shapo ongele aailongi mboka yahala owala oyo ya kale taya pewa iimaliwa nokukaleka omailongo ga yakwawo yawe mboka opo taya tameke.”

    Aailongi okuza miiputudhilo ngaashi University of Namibia (Unam), Namibia University of Science and Technology (Nust) oshowo International University of Management (IUM) otaya pula opo etsokumwe ndyoka lya shainwa koNSFAF naailongi momvula yo 2015 ndyoka tali utha iifuta yoopresenda 100 yomailongo gawo oshowo iifuta yoopresenda 80 yaambyoka tayi shi yomailongo opo li tullwe miilonga.

    Pahapu dhaailongi mboka, momukandanyenyeto gwawo gwa leshwa pehala lyawo komupeha presidende gwoNamibia National Students Organisation (Nanso), Bernard Kavau, okondalaka ndjoka ompe otayi yi moshipala okondalaka ndjoka ya shainwa mo 2015. Shoka osha hala okutya aailongi otaya ka pumbw o kugwedha kiifuta yomailongo gawo omwaalu gwontumba komwaalu ngoka gu li pooN$17 000.

    “Oshimaliwa shoka shooN$17 000 inashi gwana noyendji yomutse itatu ka vula okugwanitha omwaalu ngoka tatu pumbiwa tu gwedhepo tseyene opo tu vule okufuta omailongo getu. Shoka otashi keetitha yamwe ya kale itaya vulu okushanga omakonaakono nenge yamone iizemo yawo,” aailongi ya popi.

    Oya popi kutya okondalaka ndjoka ompe oya pumbwa okukuthwa miilonga, nongele inashi ningwa nena minista niikuthe miilonga mbala.

    Kandjii-Murangi okwa tseyithile aaiilongi kutya NSFAF okwa longa nokugwanitha po euvaneko lye lyokufutila aailongi omailongo gawo,nonando ope na aailongi yamwe taya iyadha monkalo tayi ya pula opo yagwedhe komwaalu ngoka ya futilwa omolwa omayooloko miikondo yomailongo gawo.

    Minista okwa pula aailongi ya taambeko nokutala konkalo ndjoka yi li po ngaashingeeyi yo taya kwathele mokutsakaneka epangelo ondjilakati. Nonando ongaaka aailongi oya popi kutya otaya ka tsikila nehololomadhilaadhilo lyawo poombelewa ndhoka, sigo okoondalaka ndjoka ompe ya ningwa po nenge ku longithwe ndjoka onkulu ya shainwa nale


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  • 08/09/18--16:00: NTTU denies price fixing
  • NTTU denies price fixingNTTU denies price fixing The Namibia Transport and Taxi Union (NTTU) has dismissed a cautionary notice issued by the Namibia Competition Commission (NaCC) last week warning the union not to impose fixed taxi fare hikes without due process.

    The union, in a media release this week, said it wanted to “set the record straight”, arguing that a price list issued by the union in July at a press conference has not yet been authorised to be implemented by its members.

    Union president Werner Januarie confirmed that a price list was compiled by the NTTU but added that the list “has not yet been authorised to be used and has not yet been distributed to our members for their usage or implementation thereof”.

    The NTTU statement said it challenges anyone to prove that the union has distributed the list to members and given the go-ahead to implement those prices.

    He said as such “no one can insinuate or conclude that we intend to collude with anyone or fix prices”.

    He further noted that NTTU members were informed of “technical errors and some discrepancies found on our price list, that still need to be rectified before the distribution of set list can be carried out.”

    According to a price list made public in July by the NTTU, taxi drivers willing to implement the fares, would increase prices from N$10 to N$15 at a minimal, and as high as N$55 for some routes.

    At the July press conference, Januarie said the road transportation board is reviewing the NTTU's application for a 50% increase this week, but warned that whatever the outcome “we are going ahead and implementing the 50%, whether someone likes it or does not like it”.

    Januarie this week underlined that the union's position has not changed and said the NTTU will “strongly support our request for a 50% taxi fare increment and wish to call on our members to remain calm and wait for further guidance, as well as directives from the NTTU leadership.”

    The NaCC last week underlined that the Competition Act prohibits competing undertakings such as taxi operators from jointly colluding on prices charged to consumers unless such conduct is authorised in terms of other relevant laws such as the Road Transport Act.

    They warned that “taxi operators who collusively and intentionally impose fixed taxi fare increases without following the due process set out in the Road Transport Act will render themselves liable in terms of the Competition Act and thereby attract a formal investigation which may lead to punitive civil and/or criminal sanctions.”

    Januarie said any accusations of collusion or price fixing against the union are “misleading, malicious and without basis”.


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    Give back ancestral land - SwanuGive back ancestral land - SwanuParty claims 'internal colonisation' The opposition party is demanding constitutional protection for ancestral land rights in Namibia. Swanu says farms currently owned by white farmers and those occupied by resettled beneficiaries, who have not historically lost land, must be returned to indigenous Namibians who lost land through colonialism.

    “Land that is ours; the land we owned previously before colonialism is ours, unless one wants to justify that stolen land can be kept,” said Swanu MP Usutuaije Maamberua.

    “People resettled on land lost by indigenous groups should vacate that land.”

    Maamberua said government's current resettlement scheme is “corrupt” and “fishy”, adding that Swanu has called for the resettlement programme to be put on hold.

    He said mineral rights on such ancestral land should also be returned to the original owners of the land. Currently the rights to minerals, irrespective of landownership, reside with the state.

    Swanu said at a media briefing this week that ancestral land rights should be the axis around which all discussions at the second national land conference revolve.

    Like the Ovaherero Traditional Authority, Swanu has took strong exception to a remark attributed to President Hage Geingob, who at the opening of the Eenhana expo, was quoted as saying: “Namibia is our ancestral land and therefore we fought for it and got our ancestral land back.”

    Swanu said while Geingob claims to have been misquoted, the statement was regrettable and requires the Namibian government to “come clean” on its position with regard to the ancestral land issue.

    Swanu said such a statement does not take cognisance of the country's historic realities, saying the different experiences of land dispossession must influence efforts for land justice, so peace and stability can be sustained.

    It said the current legislation on land protects the rights of a small minority, while the majority of indigenous Namibians are left without title deeds to land that they lost.

    Internal colonisation

    Swanu says a denial of ancestral land rights has resulted into what it called “internal colonisation”.

    To illustrate its point, it mentioned the Bondelswarts that have lost most of its land and were deported to Gibeon. It said the Topnaars are now confined to a small enclave, after having lost most of their ancestral land.

    Swanu said the first indigenous minorities – the San, Hai//om, Topnaars, Kauas, Ovatue, and others - currently face more challenges in terms of realising their indigenous rights, which include land rights.

    Maamberua said the San in particular are today confined to what he described as “modern concentration camps” and subjected to group instead of individual resettlement.

    He said Tsumkwe, the remaining small settlement area for San, is continually invaded by stronger and more resourced Namibians, which Maamberua said has grave consequences for the future of the San.

    He said the Namibian government is complicit in these illegal invasions, because it is not stopping them.

    “This is a clear indication that indigenous minority land rights are not protected by political affirmation and need to be guaranteed in the Namibian constitution,” Maamberua said.

    Demand for constitutional change

    Swanu said specific legislation that flows from a constitutional provision is more likely to satisfy the non-discrimination principle.

    It said the constitutional protection of land rights should include expropriation of land.

    It proposes that ancestral land claims find its way into the country's legislation, with a proposed cut-off date of 1883.

    Catherine Sasman

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    Theatre week full of surprises, shock, tears and gigglesTheatre week full of surprises, shock, tears and giggles Unathi believes that the auditions tour brought out a diverse group of people and therefore presented an interesting theatre week, while Randall thought his fellow judges were too lenient on giving out tickets.

    “Let's hope that (the contestants with) potential take the next step otherwise there will be some extremely unhappy people,” he said.

    With the green, red and blue chairs placed out, contestants were each sent to a specific chair colour based on their performance. But to confuse them even more, the red chair contestants were further divided between blue and green, sending the green chair occupants home and saving the blue. Day one of theatre week saw 47 contestants go home.

    The next step was the group challenge which was the true test of talent. Twelve groups of four were formed and the selection of songs was done.

    Theatre week which is known for surprises, pulled one over on the contestants by announcing their performances as a sing-off, two against two.

    “With the group round, the aim is to see if our contestants can handle the pressure. Usually, when it is groups of three or four, contestants can hide behind the others in the team... but this time it is duets, there is no place to hide,” said Unathi.

    Exhaustion and nerves resulted in some forgetting their lyrics and emotions rising.

    Another contestant, who couldn't handle the pressure, Anele, went AWOL during rehearsals and left his partner stranded.

    Performance day was proof of how some succumbed to the pressure with Anele and his partner being eliminated along with the first performing acts Karen, Viwo, Noxolo and Brandon, all being sent home.

    The bad news didn't end there, as Sandile, Thembelihle, Ndumi, Tumi and Serrato and Philisiwe who sacrificed school for the competition were also eliminated. Londy, Mthandeni, Dineo and Victor's performances got Unathi and Somizi in stitches and tears because of how south their performances went.

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  • 08/09/18--16:00: Gospel glories
  • Gospel gloriesGospel gloriesWinning awards and performing on international stages tjil speaks to the Namibian Gospel Music Association on how they are pushing artists out of their cocoons. Established in 2015 with the aim of creating a platform for gospel artists to get out of Namibian borders in terms of networking and hopefully collaborating with artists from other countries, the Namibian Gospel Music Association (NGMA) is truly living up to its dreams. The secretary-general of the association, Ndilimeke Nambinga, held talks with similar associations from other countries and Botswana was first to jump on the bandwagon.

    “They were willing to work with us from the word go. I told them I wanted to work on having Setswana gospel artists in Namibia and vice versa and we also signed an MoU for 2019 on how to grow our artists. Exciting things are coming,” she said.

    With the mindset of growing and getting Namibians into other territories, the association was able to get songstress Lady Dyna to grace the Botswana Gospel Music Awards and Manda Gabriel in the Southern African Gospel Music Awards and she scooped the Best Female Artist award. The artist said it was overwhelming and she is grateful for the recognition. She is currently nominated in the upcoming gospel awards.

    “We still have a lot to do as gospel artists but this is proof that we stand a chance out there to do great things. It's usually non-gospel artists that make it out there but hey, we can also do it,” Gabriel said.

    Lady Dyna says being given the opportunity to perform at another country's awards show was humbling and a great honour.

    She says she was able to network with different artists, see how gospel is received in Botswana and so much more. According to her, artists need to be able to market themselves on international platforms by physically going instead of doing it on social media alone.

    “They loved my music; I didn't think they would enjoy it that much. They are willing to have me back for my album tour too and this is all from stepping out of my comfort zone. Networking is very important. I learned that it's all about support at the end of the day and once you have that, any industry can work, “Lady Dyna said.

    The NGMA will be signing up artists as of next year to join the association for these benefits and more. The association is strictly for serious and committed gospel artists.

    “We want to be able to get Namibian music to play in other countries the way international artists' music plays here. We want to give our artists that chance to network and sell their brands themselves. The association is strictly for gospel artists and not those that sing other genres and this is for them to get a chance to flourish and have a chance for many opportunities they may miss out on,” Nambinga added.

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    Demi Lovato keeps fighting addictionDemi Lovato keeps fighting addiction Speaking for the first time since she suffered a suspected overdose, the singer says she's learned that addiction doesn't fade.

    Singer Demi Lovato has said she is thankful to be alive and needs time to recover after a suspected drug overdose almost two weeks ago.

    In her first public comments since she was found unconscious by paramedics at her Hollywood home, the 25-year-old told her 70 million followers on Instagram that she remains committed to overcoming addiction.

    “I will keep fighting. What I've learned is that this illness is not something that disappears or fades with time.

    “It is something that I must continue to overcome and have not done yet,” she wrote.

    Lovato, who cancelled a show in Atlantic City that had been scheduled for two days after she was taken to hospital, suggested that she may not be returning to the public eye soon.

    The New Mexico-born singer also thanked staff at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles, where she was taken after falling ill on 24 July.

    Lovato was reportedly treated with Narcan - an emergency treatment for narcotic overdoses.

    “I want to thank God for keeping me alive and well,” she said, adding that she was “forever grateful”.

    Lovato found fame as a child on the TV series Barney & Friends before appearing in the Disney Channel film Camp Rock.

    She has since gone on to be a multi-platinum pop star with hits such as Sorry Not Sorry, Skyscraper and Heart Attack.

    Lovato has been open about her addictions and her struggles with bipolar and an eating disorder.

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  • 08/09/18--16:00: All things Odile
  • All things OdileAll things OdileFrom the runway to the theatre and into the wild A lot of people would die for a job that involves travelling and adventure. Local celebrity Odile Gertze talks to tjil about having exactly that job and how it changed her perspective on Namibia. She is a model, actress and a radio presenter amongst many other roles and jobs. Her recent job involves her travelling around Namibia and enjoying the country's beauty.

    Odile the explorer

    The partnership with Gondwana Collection Namibia (GCN), one of Namibia's main attractions that offers accommodation facilities to suit every taste and budget, started at the beginning of the year. Gertze says when one has lived in a place too long, everything starts looking familiar and slowly one forgets to appreciate the beauty of their surroundings. She says she had forgotten the scenery that Namibia had to offer and the new job was a reality check. So far, Gertze has been to five of the lodges of GCN and she has enjoyed herself immensely.

    “Gondwana forced me to look at the country through my work. Before this I would give you the generic beauty pageant answers on what Namibia is but after my visits to the five spots thus far, my perception on everything has changed. Gondwana has really made me become an ambassador of Namibia through educating me about her and what she has to offer. One thing I can tell you is that she (Namibia) likes to show off,” she said.

    Gertze urges locals to start touring and travelling Namibia first before going out of the country for holiday destinations. She has thus far visited the north, south and coastal lodgings and she urges the youth to be ambassadors of their country by getting to know their country before they go out. GCN has packages and loyalty cards that allows them to cater for everyone's pocket.

    “One of my favourite trips was to the south of Namibia to the Klein Aus Vista, where the wild horses roam freely. It was incredibly therapeutic because they are tame as much as they are wild. They have the best romantic lodgings so it's definitely worthwhile. All the information is on their website and they are always ready to assist when needed,” she said.

    The entertainment industry

    Gertze, apart from modelling is also a film and theatre actress and has been featured in movies such as Katutura and the latest, Salute. She scooped the Best Female Actress last year at the Namibia Theatre and Film Awards and scooped a nomination at the Simply You Magazine Lifestyle and Fashion Awards. She has been nominated this year in the category Favourite Actress of the Year. Gertze says the industry is growing and people need to work together to make it work. She strongly believes that Namibian film quality can grow just like Nollyhood as the talent and confidence is there.

    “We need to be less critical and more open to ideas because the one thing that lacks from my experience when it's a Namibian audience, they lack constructive criticism. They are so quick to break us down instead of saying well done but you could improve here. We should not wait for anyone to give us the resources. We must go get it,” she said.

    The divorce

    Divorce is more than physically separating yourself from the person you thought you would share your entire life with. Gertze says she and her ex-husband wanted to be on paths that were not leading them together.

    She says marriage requires both partners to work and carry the load as a team and when one person slacks the foundation weakens. She says she didn't want her five-year marriage to came to an end but it was important for her to let go.

    “When this happens it starts feeling like you are giving your all without getting anything in return. So it was something similar to that. I have nothing mean to say about him, I married him for a reason and he is a good guy. Unfortunately some things don't work out and sometimes they come to an end,” she says.

    Gertze says she doesn't know if she will get married anytime soon but she would definitely get married again should she find a right partner whom in her words is kind, humble, successful and an is an alpha male.

    “My marriage taught me not to lose my own voice and identity. Sometimes we learn by burning our fingers. I do wish my ex nothing but the best life,” she said.

    Thirty and thriving

    Just like everyone else, celebrities age too. Gertze recently turned the big three-o and as much as she doesn't look any year older than 20, the star says she has a lot to check off her bucket list including many projects, and now will be the best time. Although she is not where she thought she would be at 30, the actress says she is grateful for her fan base and family for allowing her to be herself.

    “As a 30 year old divorcee, my first goal is to find Odile again. Working in this industry can also be tough and one of my many goals are to learn how to dim the many negative voices and focus on listening to the important ones,” she concluded.

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  • 08/09/18--16:00: Raise your hands in Salute
  • Raise your hands in SaluteRaise your hands in Salute Having spent over 18 months just on research and scriptwriting with inmates in correctional facilities, director Philippe Telavera of Ombetja Yehinga Organisation (OYO) says Salute's nomination for best movie Southern Africa at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards means a lot as an acknowledgement.

    Telavera says Namibia is rich in stories that need to be shared across Africa and beyond, and the nomination is a great step in that direction.

    “The actors had five weeks of rehearsals with former inmates, to help them get into character and understand the context. The post-production took over six months and a score was created for the film, with music from Jericho, Michael Pulse, Ponti Dikuua, Le Roi and Greezly. Everybody really worked hard on the film. A nomination as best film for southern Africa is an acknowledgement of everybody's hard work,” he says. Although the African film industry is dominated by Nigeria and South Africa, Telavera says it is important to let people know on the continent that Namibia has amazing talent. The nomination will also hopefully inspire local filmmakers to do more and better. The aim of the film is to give a voice to inmates, to get their stories out and let people know what happens in Namibian correctional facilities. Telavera says OYO would like local ministries to get involved and provide services to inmates, including condoms and PeRP. “As a welfare organisation, we (OYO) think it is wrong that inmates cannot access condoms or PrEP. We hide behind morals, saying it is wrong for two men to have sex. We think we can lock up young men for four to five years and expect them not to have sex. But they are human beings, hence sexual beings, with needs. Some will abstain, but some will not. They will choose to have sex, or they will be forced to have sex. Some, in the process, will get HIV. Once they get out of the correctional facility, they can in turn infect other people. If you think that Carlito could be your brother, your nephew, your cousin, what would you want for him? The film can help people to reflect. We hope it can affect policies,” he said. As a build up towards the awards, the film will be presented at the FNCC on 15 August at 18:00. Entrance is N$40 and tickets can be purchased in advance at the FNCC as there are limited seats. Telavera concluded by encouraging local actors to dedicate more time to rehearsals as an investment in the art. For one to have a successful career in film as a director or actor, he says they should be able to do it as a fulltime job which could be tough with finances and the population of Namibia. “We are a small country, so it is difficult. But it is not impossible. You need to aim for quality over quantity. It takes time to create a character and create a relationship with the other actors/characters. “But when you do it right, when you put the right energy and work into the product, it can be amazing. And when you get nominated, as we did, it puts a huge smile on your face and you know that all the sleepless nights and challenges faced were worth it,” he said. The voting lines are open and will close on 24 August. All the terms and conditions that apply are available on the Africa Magic website. Viewers can join the conversation using the hashtag #AMVCA2018 and follow @dstvng, @gotvng and @africamagictv on Twitter for more updates.

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    Nedbank Kapana Cook-off champion crownedNedbank Kapana Cook-off champion crowned The Nedbank Kapana Cook-off 2018 final that was held last weekend, brought together contestants from all corners of Namibia to compete for the highest honour of kapana champion.

    A mobile container shop with built in electrical stove, freezer, fryer and grill to the value of N$100 000, a cash prize of N$10 000, a MeatMa shopping voucher to the value of N$5 000 and SME development training was the ultimate motivation for finalists to put their best foot forward during the competition final.

    The cook-off was concluded in Windhoek in a location known as no-man's land, an area between Katutura and Khomasdal.

    The Kapana Cook-off is a Nedbank Namibia initiative hosted in proud partnership with MeatMa, Pick n Pay, Bakpro and the Namibia Chefs Association. For four years the competition has proven that Namibians love and cherish kapana and are excited at the opportunity to showcase their kapana skills on this public platform.

    The winner of the Nedbank Kapana Cook-off 2018 for the entry level category is Sakeus Kateya. He prepared the best kapana in the land of the brave according to the Namibian chefs judging the cook-off. The competition was tough with a total of 20 entry level kapana experts participating with the hope of clinching the ultimate title of kapana champion. “I am excited about this opportunity and plan to make a huge success of my container shop. Kapana is my passion in life,” said Kateya. Kapana is more than meat and salsa, it is the unity of our community, an engagement opportunity for friends, families and strangers and it is the celebration of Namibia and its people. “On behalf of Nedbank Namibia and our esteemed partners, I would like to congratulate our finalists for having made it so far in the competition and especially our winners. You have made it; your kapana is the best among the best. Today we have seen the top contestants demonstrate their passion and skill for the unique art of cooking a Namibian favourite, kapana,” said Nedbank's Gernot de Klerk.

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  • 08/09/18--16:00: NGOMA nominees 2018
  • NGOMA nominees 2018NGOMA nominees 2018Gospel awards show pleads for sponsorship The NGOMA awards are in their second year, despite hiccups. The Namibia Gospel Music Awards (NGOMA) are the country's premier awards, recognising all genres of gospel, from traditional to contemporary. Established in 2016, the awards are a platform for saluting and appreciating excellence in the gospel music industry in Namibia. The awards were founded by the Namibia Gospel Music Association (NGMA). The association fosters interest in gospel music among the general public. According to the organisers, NGOMA is built on the philosophy of inclusiveness that recognises, celebrates and honours gospel music artists, writers and industry professionals. The first awards held in 2016, had nine categories and 54 nominees. This year, there are 11 categories and 69 nominees.

    “We could not host these awards in 2017 due to financial constraints. After seeing the demand and need for gospel awards and a gospel culture in Namibia, we decided to make these awards an annual event. To better celebrate gospel in Namibia we have partnered up with the Namibia Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) to make this dream a reality,” said organiser ­Silas Nghishihange. Preparations for the NGOMAs are well on the way, but there are some major financial challenges to date, added Nghishihange. He says it is unfortunate that the genre of gospel is not recognised enough for sponsorship by many institutions. He also said that interestingly enough, many faith-based institutions are not coming through as they have anticipated.

    “We understand that the country is going through a recession and that these are tough times, however, we urge all businesses, corporates, private sponsors, partners and churches to see this as an investment in arts and the culture of gospel. This is to encourage those that have been nominated to better master their craft as musicians to compete at international standards. Although faced with the above-mentioned challenges we are not weary and are pushing forward, hoping and trusting God to come through, even at the very last hour, for nothing is impossible with God,” he added.

    The awards are to be held on 29 September, at the NamPower Convention Centre in Windhoek.

    NGOMA categories nominees 2018

    Best Worship Song

    Manda Gabrielers - Nji Hena Viteli

    Abner Mumbala - Who Will Stand in Holy

    Jahcoh Mushongo - Dimbuluka

    Genny Ihemba - Njambi ua lela

    Ndina Shafuda - Ieuya Okutokola

    Best Praise Song

    J.I.K Couple - Mavu Zolelenu

    Andrew halupe - Ocisola

    Simon Sixteen - Twiimbileni Mwene Zambi

    Priscilla Swartz - Thank you Lord

    Paulus Imbodi - Victory

    Daniel Babi - Ocisola

    Best Gospel Rap

    Franklin &DEE A - He Saves

    Effy - Halleluyah

    D Naff - Inoshuna Monima

    AB - Ndikuhole

    Fire 16 - I saw God last night

    Doctor Peter - It has been won

    Best Gospel New Comer

    Adoration HC - Uumbudu Medly

    Pride - Grace

    Trudie - My life

    Johannes Uugwanga - Om'kulili

    Divinesky - Resurrection

    Noel - Kuhena Kwilu

    Best Gospel Video

    Alama - We worship you

    Andrew - Ngeno Jesus

    D Naff - Inoshuna Monima

    Adoration HC - Uumbudu Medley

    Kolesa Gospel Band - Fungena

    Maranatha - In your presence

    Best Gospel Producer

    House Guru

    Spirit National Sounds

    Tulela Music Production

    Best Gospel Single

    Pride - Grace

    Rodney Seibeb - Sadu/nami

    Alex Shiwayu - We are running out of time

    Chisengo Nikanor - Amen

    Ruth - Praise the Lord

    Uendjizuva uahupirapi - Jerusalem

    Best Gospel Album

    Lala Sakeus - The journey

    D Naff - D Naff vs Naftalie

    Lady Dyna - Set Apart

    Jux Adolf - Aishe paife otaiwanifwa

    Nashy Makoma - Walk in the light

    Khwezi - Opening Heaven Gates

    Best Gospel Song of the Year

    Lady Dyna - Ndafulungana

    Sovita Josua - Ila kujesus

    Maranatha - In your Presence

    Jux Adolf - Asivayi

    Martin Uukunde - Vanamibia popyeni Oshili

    Effy - Halleluyah

    Best Female Artist of the Year

    Manda Gabriel - Kongeni Omwene

    Lady Dyna - Ndafulungana

    Maranatha - In your presence

    Khwezi - Opening gates of Heaven

    Priscilla Swartz - Thank you Lord

    Sovita Josua - Ila kuJesus

    Best Male Artist of the Year

    Martin Uukunde - Va Namibia popyeni oshili

    Abner Mumbala - Who Will Stand in Holy

    Effy - Halleluyah

    Jux Adolf - Asivayi

    Franklin & DEE A - Victory

    D Naff - Inoshuna Monima

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    KinoNamia back with second editionKinoNamia back with second edition Back for the second year, KinoNamia looks to engage professional and non-professional filmmakers.

    KinoNamia is a festival which will bring together talents from the creative fields to produce short local stories within 48 hours. Organised as part of an international movement called KinoKabaret, KinoNamia is a film hub for international filmmakers to share multiple ideas in a short period of time. The festival will provide a platform for directors, actors, cameramen, editors, sound engineers, and everyone who would like to express their creativity in the film industry.

    In partnership with the Namibia Film Commission, the Goethe Institute, Cramer's and Poiyah Media, this year's festival is organised by Hannah Lesch, Julia Odoj, Andreas Elifas, Berny Baisako, The First Victor, Comfort Ajibola, TutaleniLekido, Daniel Mgawi and Costa Katuuo. One of the organisers who inspired this year's theme, Daniel Mgawi, said KinoNamia was stirred from the diversity of Namibian cultures, fauna and flora. He scouted the theme from the lifestyle of the San tribe and the Kalahari Desert.

    “I saw a picture of a San woman wearing a beaded headband which had a distinct pattern of squares. I grasped that concept and added them to the KinoNamia colours. The San tribe and Kalahari Desert, share in this uniqueness, and rareness of Namibia and putting this together is just a perfect depiction of what Namibia is, beautiful, strong, resilient and rare,” he said.

    The festival will allow professionals and non-professionals from different cultures to produce short local stories within two days and will take place from 25 to 27 of this month. Participants will form groups on the first day and will be expected to have their films ready for a public screening on the third and last day. In anticipation of the event, the organisers have created orange minions to hype up the festival.

    “The minions are inspired by the green screen outfits that filmmakers use in production. We created our minions in orange to symbolise KinoNamia and they are really fun and bring everything to life. We have also incorporated them in most of our promotional videos so do check them out on our social media platforms,” said Andreas Elifas.

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    Meet and vote for your favouritesMeet and vote for your favouritesSimply You Magazine announces award nominees Back for the second year, tjil brings you this year's nominees. Expect the biggest red carpet and nothing short of glitz and glamour at the Simply You Magazine (SYM) Lifestyle and Fashion Awards to be hosted on 1 September at the National Theatre of Namibia. The award show is a brainchild of the lifestyle magazine founded by Helena Ngaifiwa, and is all about commemorating people who have done remarkable things for the local entertainment industry. This year, 18 categories have been announced with 115 nominees, including old and new nominees, topping the list.

    The announcement follows after an intense and rigorous selection and judging process by an independent steering committee and judging panel. The voting lines are already open and will close on 29 August. To vote for your favourite nominee in each category, send a text message with the nominee's unique code to 5001. Voting is unlimited and all messages are charged at N$1.

    Favourite TV Personality

    Robyn Nakaambo (FTVP - Robyn)

    Paul Da Prince (FTVP - Paul)

    Nashawn Marenga (FTVP - Nashawn)

    Joviita Kandjumbwa (FTVP - Joviita)

    Favourite Female Radio Personality

    Chante (FFRP - Chante)

    Che (FFRP - Che)

    Treza Cooper (FFRP - Treza)

    Karlien Kruger (FFRP - Karlien)

    Favourite Male Radio Personality

    NSK (FMRP - NSK)

    Cheeze (FMRP - Cheeze)

    Chopsi (FMRP - Chopsi)

    Mappz (FMRP - Mappz)

    Favourite Emerging Fashion Designer

    Simeone Johannes (FEFD - Simeone)

    Ndahafa Shaimemanya (FEFD - Ndahafa)

    Deon Angelo (FEFD - Deon)

    Ruberto Schultz (FEFD - Ruberto)

    Favourite Fashion Designer

    Ingo Shanyenge (FFD - Ingo)

    Melisa Poulton (FFD - Melisa)

    Mathew Erastus (FFD - Mathew)

    Chakirra Claassen (FFD - Chakirra)

    Favourite Stylist

    Reinhard Mahalie (FS - Reinhard)

    Leah Misika (FS - Leah)

    Deon Chimsoro (FS - Deon)

    Favourite Sports Personality

    Helalia JoHannes (FSP - Helalia)

    Jonas Junius (FSP - Jonas)

    Renaldo Bothma (FSP - Renaldo)

    Sadney Urikhob (FSP - Sadney)

    Favourite Fitness Personality

    Emily Kandanga (FFP - Emily)

    Gregory Aweseb (FFP - Gregory)

    Simba-Fitcity (FFP - Simba)

    Maria Nepembe (FFP - Maria)

    Favourite Female Model

    Chelsi Shikongo (FFM - Chelsi)

    Varaa Hambira (FFM - Varaa)

    Princess Tjozongoro (FFM - Princess)

    Anna Shiweda (FFM - Anna)

    Favourite Male Model

    Hieko Prior (FMM - Hieko)

    Wellem Kapenda (FMM - Wellem)

    Mervin Uahupirapi (FMM - Mervin)

    Mmoloki Samoka (FMM - Mmoloki)

    Favourite Photographer

    Paavo Shooya (FP - Paavo)

    Martin Amushendje (FP - Martin)

    Christian Stiebahl (FP - Christian)

    Merja Ileka (FP - Merja)

    Favourite Male Actor

    Pummue Seibeb (FMA - Pumwe)

    Denzel Naobeb NSk (FMA - Denzel)

    Adriano Visagie (FMA - Adriano)

    Ashwyn Mberi (FMA - Ashwyn)

    Favourite Female Actress

    Odile Gertze (FFA - Odile)

    Nelago Shilongoh (FFA - Nelago)

    Elizabeth Shakuzungisa (FFA - Elizabeth)

    Zenobia Kloppers (FFA - Zenobia)

    Favourite Comedian

    Mark Kariahuua (FC - Mark)

    Ndangi Illeka (FC - Ndangi)

    Slick The Dick (FC - Slick)

    Courage The Comedian (FC - Courage)

    Favourite Blogger

    Beauty Boois (FB - Beauty)

    Leah Misika (FB - Leah)

    Charene Labuschagne (FB - Charene)

    Kimberley Krieger (FB - Kimberley)

    Favourite Make-up Artist

    Jay Aeron (FMUA - Aeron)

    Toni Did it (FMUA - Toni)

    Hannah Nangula-Kolokwe (FMUA - Hannah)

    Adda's Creation (FMUA - Adda)

    Favourite Accessories Designer

    House of Nalo (FAD - Nalo)

    Elements By Akirina (FAD - Akirina)

    Sage by D (FAD - Sage)

    Leon Engelbrecht (FAD - Leon)

    Favourite DJ

    Afroberries (FDJ - Afroberries)

    Desert Storm (FDJ - DesertStorm)

    Asser Deep (FDJ - AsserDeep)

    DJ Castro (FDJ-DjCastro)

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    Donlu Africa changing the gameDonlu Africa changing the game Donlu Africa, is a locally made is an online platform that allows music lovers from all over the globe to have a way to conveniently purchase Namibian music.

    The founder, Llewellyn Adams, says the motivation to create the app came from seeing how international Namibian music lovers had trouble sourcing the music. He says the lack of a site that lives up to the international standards of streaming; purchasing and downloading local content started the humble dream of Donlu Africa. The app has been working since last year and has been running smoothly.

    “We are trying to live up to the international market and at the same time make sure that it is user-friendly for a Namibian user. At the end of the day, we can't look past the fact that there are Africans who are computer illiterate so we have to cater for them too,” said Adams.

    The app can be utilised by a user who buys, downloads or streams the music and the artist who uploads the content. The different methods of payment for Namibian based users include the PayToday app, normal credit card or PayPal. African users can buy music via MTN, Vodacom mobile money, Airtal or Tigo. Working on being the site with the most convenient banking options, Adams says that he is in talks with local mobile operators to make payments easy. Adams says it gets tricky there is a culture of fear of people handing over their banking details on the internet.

    “It's all about educating and creating awareness on the safety on online banking and letting them trust us with their banking details. It's really safe,” he said.

    Adams' partner Tasha Mununga says they had an upgrade on the system and since then, they have had close to 50 000 people visit the website. The majority of the traffic is from Namibia with the next in line from Nigeria and Zambia. Business is so great that they get artists from other countries who would like to be featured on the website.

    “There are so many local artists who make good music but they don't make money from it. We want to see local artists benefit from their hard work and be able to give them something at least every second month. From every song bought, Donlu Africa takes 15% which is ploughed back into maintenance of the website and the artists take the rest, “said Mununga. Adams urges local artists to exclusively drop their music on Donlu and work together to get local talent heard on international platforms. Currently they have a special going on for the first 500 people to download Oteya and Lioness new song Di Matta and after that it will be available for purchase for N$9.

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  • 08/09/18--16:00: Conversations and art
  • Conversations and artConversations and artThe Project Room presents Conversation with a Stranger Here is an exhibition you can catch, as of today. Conversation with a Stranger is a joint exhibition of paintings, illustrations and prints by Martina Basson and Marcii Magson. Both artists work in black and white but their work could not be more contrasting. Artist Basson's work shows finely illustrated line work, often playful and decorated. Magson's paintings, on the other hand, are bold abstract statements and yet they speak to each other. Magson says she draws her inspiration from looking at the spaces in between the visual obvious, the negative space, where a whole other is revealed, and this resonates with her. According to her, in every subject there is more than presented to the eye and looking past the obvious, close observation and engagement of the subject is her process.

    “I decontextualise. I take matter apart and then I put it back together again. The challenge is to see beyond the distraction of the conspicuous and to capture its unique self. My goal is to inspire those who see my work to look more carefully at the world around them, to discover obscurity in unusual places,” she said.

    Basson grew up on the countryside of the Western Cape. Art and design has been part of her every day since she started attending art classes at the age of seven. She recalls as a kid hanging out where the pens and paper were, doodling away. In high school Basson fell in love with textile design and screen print. Consequently she went on to study fashion design at Elizabeth Galloway Academy in Stellenbosch, Western Cape. In 2017 she took the leap of faith to do what she always wanted to do and she finally opened Martina Basson Illustration.

    “The medium I prefer to work with is black pen on white paper and my illustrations are made up of fine hand-drawn lines, simplicity and detail. I find inspiration in nature, my faith and the rhythm of patterns and lines. Sometimes I'll wake up with a clear, mapped-out plan in my head. It's almost like I feed my brain with music, data, visual information and experiences, and in my subconscious state everything aligns to produce a map of codes that then becomes a solid idea and I make a project out of it,” she said.

    The exhibition Conversation with a Stranger opens today at 18:00 at the Project Room in 32 Jenner Street, Windhoek West and will end on 25 August. Opening hours are on Tuesday to Friday 09:00 to 13:00 and on Saturday 10am-13:00.

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  • 08/09/18--16:00: Find your love of art
  • Find your love of artFind your love of art I was one of the many uninformed people when it came to local arts and thought that we don't have talented artists in Namibia at all. I'm not talking about musicians as artists, because in that department we are quite clear and on the same page. I am however referring to art like Picasso and Leonardo Da Vinci art, visual arts. I had this wrong perception until I met some artists and had the greatest chats ever! Hear it from me… we have talented guys in Namibia.

    My poor belief and judgement was influenced by the fact that many parents don't consider the arts as a career, I mean my dad still wants me to go and do a 'real' course after I finish my journalism degree, so…. But it turns out that if your parents know for sure that you are just not going through a bad puberty patch or an adolescent change, and then they will actually support you in all your endeavours.

    I'm glad to have found out that even the government is also playing a major role in developing arts within the country. There are many government-funded art programmes that aim at creating awareness and there are experienced artists coming to Namibia and taking part in these programmes. Big ups to that one.

    This is so helpful to many artists, because not all of us are meant to be good in school subjects, but when it comes to using our hands for creativity, it's just something magical. This also reduces the number of people on the streets, because they are school dropouts or those that never got an opportunity to attend school for various reasons.

    Today the conversation with Conversation with a Stranger officially opens to the public. Don't miss out the opportunity to expose yourself to new things. Let's meet there. Let's look at art.

    June Shimuoshili

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